SELF-FORGETFULNESS

SELF-FORGETFULNESS

by Bill Elliff March 05, 2024

When we have genuinely made the turn, we don’t live for ourselves anymore. We live for Christ and the others He loves. Our conversation does not orbit us but Him. Our service is not to help yourself but others (with no thought of ourselves). We enter the blessed, liberating state of self-forgetfulness and find the biggest and most joyful life possible.

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STRUTTING

STRUTTING

by Bill Elliff January 12, 2024

We see strutters everywhere in our society now. Wickedness is abounding in the land and it strengthens the hand and voice of the proud among us. In their arrogance, they think they are winning, that they have the right to do and say whatever they want (even if it flies in the face of the One-Who-Made-Them). When people applaud you and wave banners that reinforce your position, it’s sadly incredible how bold you can become.

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OH, TO BE SAVED FROM MYSELF!

OH, TO BE SAVED FROM MYSELF!

by Bill Elliff August 18, 2023

Pride is such a devious and deadly sin. I find it creeps upon my soul when I least expect it, and suddenly and almost unconsciously, I'm worried about what others think, anxious to be known, drawing attention to myself, thinking about and pampering my desires before others’ needs, and on and on. It chokes my intimacy with Christ, turning my eyes from Him to myself. It makes me a sorry friend, more interested in what others can do for me than I for them. It robs me of genuine love, quick generosity, selfless service—everything that we want our lives to truly be.

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THE REWARD OF HUMILITY

THE REWARD OF HUMILITY

by Bill Elliff July 27, 2023

The world is filled with sinfully proud people. We’re all proud. This is tragic, for pride is the mother of all sin, and the explanation for everything evil in this world.

We want to be known, applauded, first, recognized. Pride causes us to lean on our own humanity, not God. A clear indication of our pride is how little we pray. If we don’t really turn to God, it’s a clear indication we think we can handle life on our own.

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A PROPER VIEW OF MYSELF

A PROPER VIEW OF MYSELF

by Bill Elliff June 07, 2023

The Lord honors those who see themselves rightly. He promises to bless a man who lives in wise dependency before Him. As he looks to the Lord, God provides him with all he needs, and the world sees what a man with a correct opinion of himself is like.

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THE ONE WHO BLESSES CHILDREN WAITS FOR US

THE ONE WHO BLESSES CHILDREN WAITS FOR US

by Bill Elliff October 31, 2022

The great concentration of our lives should be to look at Christ. To gaze at Him often and early through His Word and in prayer. Ask Him to reveal Himself to You. If you look carefully, you will always find one more reason to run into His arms.

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THE SELF-FORGETFULNESS OF HIS LOVE

THE SELF-FORGETFULNESS OF HIS LOVE

by Bill Elliff October 26, 2022

We are consumed with ourselves. Review your average week and notice how much of your time is spent on thoughts of yourself.

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THE ESSENTIAL COUPLET

THE ESSENTIAL COUPLET

by Bill Elliff January 26, 2022

But there are two truths that are more important than all the rest. These are usually not taught in our schools or valued by our society. Sadly, most people are never even exposed to these truths, and they live regrettable lives, hampered by tragic misunderstandings.

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THE ESSENTIAL HUMILITY OF LEADERSHIP

THE ESSENTIAL HUMILITY OF LEADERSHIP

by Bill Elliff April 28, 2021

Many men cannot handle spiritual success. When God blesses them, if they are not careful, they will begin to attribute to themselves what God and others have accomplished in their lives.

It is a great temptation to read your own press clippings.

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DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?  THE POWER OF BIBLICAL SELF-AWARENESS

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? THE POWER OF BIBLICAL SELF-AWARENESS

by Bill Elliff October 19, 2020

How do you see yourself? A mature man has come to the humble knowledge that he is nothing without Christ and everything with Christ. He is a mere branch on a glorious Vine, but he has been fearfully and wonderfully and uniquely made by the Creator, designed for great achievements by God’s grace. This wise balance allows him to live powerfully, but dependently in life.

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7 DEADLY RESULTS OF PRIDE

7 DEADLY RESULTS OF PRIDE

by Bill Elliff July 06, 2020

Pride is the root of all sin. It is the sin that causes us to exalt ourselves over others and over God Himself and it is the antithesis of unselfish love. God repeatedly reminds us that He resists the proud.  We see this pride in full color in the life of Haman in the book of Esther and the predictable outcomes of an arrogant life.

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THE RIGHT VIEW OF GOD

THE RIGHT VIEW OF GOD

by Bill Elliff June 04, 2020

If is easy to forget God, which is our greatest problem. We become consumed with our daily lives and begin to believe that we are the center of the universe, that no one can quite make it without us. The remedy for this is to read our Bibles to see God, to gaze long at Christ, (who was God in human flesh), and to be awed by God in creation. To remember who God is.

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